Players at the Game of People

By John Brunner

Struggle hero, jet-setter, gourmet--Godwin Harpinshield was once all of these and extra; his existence was once a online game performed one of the appealing humans whose popularity, wealth and tool set them above the legislations, and past the legislation of nature. due to an easy discount that every one the gorgeous humans made, Godwin's each wish used to be his for the asking. Seduced through luxurious, Godwin by no means doubted his fortune, by no means questioned approximately his mysterious patrons.
Then the sport became ugly.
Suddenly, the ante used to be raised and the sport was once actual. The stakes have been his destiny, his sanity and, in all likelihood, his very soul. All Godwin Harpinshield needed to observe was once: What have been the principles of the sport? And who--or what--were the opposite avid gamers?

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The Terror of St Trinian's and Other Drawings (Penguin Modern Classics)

By Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle takes us again to the realm of the Gothic Public college in The Terror of St Trinian's. during this gloriously anarchic academy for younger women we witness shootings, knifings, torture and witchcraft, in addition to many maidenly arts. the topic of many evergreen motion pictures, St Trinian's is synonymous with this kind of outrageous behaviour that will make a convict blench. This publication additionally includes a number of Ronald Searle's paintings from the non-school books, together with The Rake's Progress, Souls in Torment and Merry England, etc. and their book in a single volumes stakes Searle's declare to be the best and such a lot influential English satirist because the battle.

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The Twelve Chairs

By Ilya Ilf, Evgeny Petrov

The Twelve Chairs (Russian: Двенадцать стульев, Dvenadtsat stulyev) is a vintage satirical novel through the Odessan Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov, published in 1928. Its major personality Ostap Bender reappears within the book's sequel The Little Golden Calf.

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Moscow Stations

By Stephen Mulrine, Venedikt Erofeev

Venichka Erofeev (Venya), cultured alcoholic, self-mocking highbrow, regales us with an account of his ‘heroic’ odyssey from Moscow to provincial Petushki. tales of his wealthy, turbulent internal existence abound as he staggers via Brezhnev’s Moscow and encounters harmful, eccentric and sometimes hilarious strangers on a educate. His trip ends while destiny cruelly intervenes – curbing the bright landscape of Russian lifestyles that we have got visible via Venya’s eyes.

Stephen Mulrine’s version for one actor of Erofeev’s cult novel has been hugely acclaimed on BBC Radio three, on the Edinburgh pageant, London’s West finish, and big apple in Tom Courtenay’s ‘blissfully humorous’ performance.

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The Truth: A Novel of Discworld

By Terry Pratchett

A confrontation and a conflict for the reality in Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld® series

The denizens of Ankh-Morpork fancy they have obvious on the subject of every little thing. yet then comes the Ankh-Morpork Times, suffering scribe William de Worde's upper-crust publication became Discworld's first paper of checklist.

An moral journalist, de Worde has a proclivity for investigating stories—a nasty behavior that quickly creates robust enemies wanting to cease his presses. And what higher approach than to begin the Inquirer, a titillating (well, what else wouldn't it be?) tabloid that comfortably interchanges what is genuine for what sells.

But de Worde's acquired an inside of line at the sizzling tale touching on Ankh-Morpork's top patrician, Lord Vetinari. The proof say Vetinari is to blame. yet as William de Worde learns, evidence do not constantly inform the entire tale. there is that pesky little factor referred to as . . . the truth.

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The Dolls' Room (Catalan Literature Series)

A vintage of latest Catalan literature, and a haunting and satirical portrait of a vanishing age, Lloren? Villalonga's "The Dolls' Room" issues the decline of Don Toni and Dona Maria Ant?nia Bearn: aristocrats, cousins, husband and spouse, and contributors of the decadent, age-old ruling classification of a city that bears their identify. Their tale is instructed via the na?ve relations priest, Don Joan, who used to be taken less than Don Toni's wing as a schoolboy. Describing the shabby grandeur of his benefactors' lives of their old, rundown kinfolk mansion, their grand yet ruinous tours to Paris and Rome, and the mysterious occasions that bring about their deaths, the humbly commit Joan is constantly challenged, and maybe titillated, via Don Toni's impious character, his defiance of church authority, and his scandalous affairs. in part condemning and in part admiring his devilish mentor, the pure-minded Don Joan's lurid "biography" of the Bearns is a testomony to the everlasting reputation of the libertine, and the lengths to which we cross in justifying our personal worst impulses.

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Ape and Essence

By Aldous Huxley

Whilst Aldous Huxley's courageous New international first seemed in 1932, it awarded when it comes to purest fable a society bent on self-destruction. Few of its outraged critics expected the onset of one other international conflict with its Holocaust and atomic wreck. In 1948, in view that the possible form of his anti-utopia were altered unavoidably by means of the evidence of historical past, Huxley wrote Ape and Essence. during this savage novel, utilizing the shape of a movie situation, he transports us to the yr 2108. The atmosphere is l. a. the place a "rediscovery day trip" from New Zealand is making an attempt to make feel of what's left. From leader botanist Alfred Poole we examine, to our dismay, concerning the twenty-second-century lifestyle. "It was once inevitable that Mr. Huxley must have written this booklet: possible virtually have obvious it on the grounds that Hiroshima is the mandatory sequel to courageous New World."―Alfred Kazin. "The publication has a definite outstanding impressiveness; its sheer intractable bitterness can't yet impact the reader."―Time.

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Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey

By Chuck Palahniuk

Buster “Rant” Casey simply could be the best serial killer of our time. A highschool insurgent, Rant Casey escapes from his small city domestic for the massive urban the place he turns into the chief of an city demolition derby referred to as get together Crashing. Rant Casey will die a fabulous street loss of life, and then his pals assemble the testimony had to construct an oral heritage of his brief, violent lifestyles. With hilarity, horror, and blazing perception, Rant is a mind-bending imaginative and prescient of the long run, as basically Chuck Palahniuk may ever think.

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Pretender to the Throne: The Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

This hilarious novel following the ongoing adventures of Ivan Chonkin, an easy peasant who has been arrested as a traitor after spending global conflict II fortunately tending a backyard. during this sequel to The outstanding lifestyles and Adventures of non-public Ivan Chonkin, Vladimir Voinovich ridicules every thing sacred to the Soviet Union--the military, the justice process, the click, and Stalin himself--in a clean blend of dissident judgment of right and wrong and common humor.

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The Magic Christian

By Terry Southern

One of the funniest, most harsh, and such a lot savagely revealing books approximately American lifestyles ever written, The Magic Christian has been known as Terry Southern's masterpiece. man Grand is an eccentric billionaire — the final of the massive spenders — made up our minds to create ailment within the fabric global and keen to spare no fee to do it. prime a existence jam-packed with sensible jokes and madcap schemes, his final objective is to end up his conception that there's not anything so degrading or so distasteful that somebody will not do it for funds. In man Grand's international, each person has a value, and he's all too keen to pay it. A satire of America's obsession with bigness, longevity, funds, television, weapons, and intercourse, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly unique novel from a real comedian genius.

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